The following are a few myths and misconceptions about todayâ€™s metal roofing
METAL ROOF SYSTEMS...
- are environmentally friendly and durable, outlasting the 2 to 3 asphalt roofs that the average homeowner will install on their home.
- are on average, only a fraction of the cost more than asphalt shingles (15 to 20%).
- have been growing at a rate of 4 % per year. This trend will only increase as the price of asphalt shingles continue to sky rocket.
- are energy efficient, cooling down much faster than other roof systems and offeringÂ more savings on energy bills.
- come with a 40 yr. warranty on the paint alone. That does not include the overall life span of the metal it self. The beauty of a metal roof is that they can be painted twice.
- are inherently a noncombustible material and hence have the most resistant rating available, class A. Because of this rating many insurance companies offer discounts on home & fire insurance when metal roofs are installed on a home.
A metal roof will not increase the likelihood of lightning striking your home. However, if your home were hit by lightning, your metal roof would disperse the energy safely throughout the structure. Since metal roofing isn't combustible or flammable, it's a low risk and desirable roofing option where severe weather is concerned, especially for lightning.
A common misconception is that a metal roof will be noisier than other types of roofing. When installed with solid sheathing, a metal roof on your home will actually silence noise from rain, hail and bad weather, many times much better than other roofing materials.
Today's metal roofing systems are built to last. Steel metal roofing has a "metallic coating" made of either zinc or a combination of zinc and aluminum. This metallic coating prevents rust from forming and is bonded to the steel at the factory. Paint is then applied over the metallic coating to provide long-lasting color homeowner's desire.
In most cases, a metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like hail, high winds, and heavy snow. Today's systems also have a 150-mph wing rating (equal to an F5 tornado), meaning your metal roof is also safe from wind gusts that can accompany hail storms.
Many people think you can't (or shouldn't) walk on a metal roof, but the truth is that you can walk on any metal roof without damaging it. Before you walk on your roof, however, we recommend you talk to your installer or roof manufacturer first. They will have the details on how to walk the particular roof you have, based on the style you chose and your roof pitch.